The Skills For Youth Employment And Rural Development Programme seeks to create jobs for youths in Zimbabwe’s Urban and Rural communities.
The project adopted a tripartite approach in its implementation, this social partnership comprises of Business represented by The Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe (EMCOZ), Labour represented by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and the Government of Zimbabwe.
The project adopted a tripartite approach in its implementation, this social partnership comprises of:
- Business represented by EMCOZ
- Labour represented by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, (ZCTU)
- The Government of Zimbabwe represented by the Ministry of Youth, Indigenization and Economic Empowerment & the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare.
The project targeted 15 -35 year old youths in both Rural & Urban communities. The project aims were to achieve a fair gender composition in the youth beneficiaries (i.e. 50% men: 50% women).
Training for Rural Economic Empowerment (TREE) Quality Improvements in Apprenticeship (QIA)
The TREEE component targets Rural Youths and has worked with youth in;
|Training for Rural Economic Empowerment (TREE)||Quality Improvements in Apprenticeship (QIA)|
|The TREEE component is targeting Rural Youths, it has worked with youth in;
||The QIA component is targeting Urban Youths, and has worked with youth in:
The project ran from 2010 to 2014 and presented an opportunity for business and educational organisations to partner in the following areas:
- Raw materials- to provide raw materials to the youth groups
- Training- to provide training to the youths
- Employment- to provide employment for some of the trained youth.
- Markets- to provide a market where the finished products can be sold.
EMCOZ encouraged companies to partner with the project for the following reasons:
- Reduce unemployment; this project has the measurable aim of creating 4000 jobs.
- Reduce poverty in marginalised communities; The project was working with youths in marginalised communities, with project partners who were helping to alleviate poverty in Zimbabwe’s marginalised communities.
- The International Labour Organisation is a reputable international institution which will not abuse your investment,
- It was the “right thing to do”; It provided an opportunity for business to give back to the community they operated in.
For more information on the Skills for Youth project visit the website,
And view the project documentary on,
You can download the Project Brochure at